Leftover Rice Cutlet (Preparation Time: 30 Minutes, Makes 10-12 Cutlets)

It is very difficult to anticipate the family’s appetite to exact proportions. All of us have leftovers at the end of the day. While some left over food actually tastes better the next day (read meat and chicken), most other loses its appeal and has are no takers. Steamed rice is one of the most common leftovers.

This is where creativity helps.  I am sharing my favorite recipe to give your leftover rice a makeover and turn them into yummy, healthy and crunchy cutlets.  Were there any takers for these cutlets you ask? Too many I’d say, no leftovers after this makeover!


Cooked rice, 2 cups
Boiled peas, 1/2 cup
Grated carrots, 1/2 cup
Boiled potato, 1 medium
Green chilly, 2 
Grated ginger, 1/2 inch root
Cilantro, finely chopped
Salt, to taste
Red chilly powder, 1/2 tsp
Chaat masala,1 tsp
Garam masala, 1/4 tsp
Jeera powder, 1/2 tsp


  • Mix cooked rice, boiled peas, grated carrots, grated ginger and spices in a food processor
  • Convert this mix in a big bowl, add in boiled and mashed potatoes, finely chopped green chillies and cilantro and mix well. Adjust spices
  • The mix should resemble dough. Form small balls and shape into cutlets

  • Deep fry and enjoy instantly, or freeze for later use

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